IPO report: trade mark applications reach new highs

Date: 13/07/2018

UK trade mark and design applications have hit record highs, a new Intellectual Property Office (IPO) report published today (13th July 2018) has revealed.

The report – ‘Trends at UK Intellectual Property Office 1995-2017’ – found that the total number of trade mark applications in 2017 were more than double what they were in 1995.

It also found that trade mark applications grew by 30% between 2016 and 2017 alone.

The report brings together 22 years of IPO data from ...

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New IP Minister announced

Date: 24/01/2018

Sam Gyimah MP has been confirmed as the new Minister with responsibility for Intellectual Property following the recent re-shuffle in the UK Government.

CITMA President Kate O’Rourke said: “At this vital time, we look forward to working closely with Sam Gyimah.

“Trade mark intensive industries contribute £650 billion to the UK’s economy annually. We recently called for clarity, collaboration and concerted action from government to protect UK business and our ...

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CBE for IPO Deputy Chief Executive

Date: 02/01/2018

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Deputy Chief Executive Sean Dennehey has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Sean has been recognised for services to intellectual property. He joined the IPO as a patent examiner in 1978. In his current role of Deputy Chief Executive he is responsible for the UK’s national patent, trade mark and registered design systems.

Sean has acted as Chief Executive at various times, including most recently in 2016/17.

CITMA President Kate ...

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IPO updates trade mark search tool

Date: 07/12/2017

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has made a number of changes to the trade mark search tool on its website.

The changes come about after testing and feedback from CITMA.

  • Your browser remembers whether you prefer to display all details with or without tabs.
  • Your browser will remember if you have performed a search and selected to ‘display content without tabs’
  • Your browser remembers to open all case classes
  • If you have selected ‘open all’ details for all classes ...
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CITMA in China

Date: 21/11/2017

Bad faith and classification were on the agenda when CITMA supported the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in a recent visit to China. The trip was a chance to engage and collaborate with Chinese intellectual property agencies and trade mark profession.

CITMA’s Second-Vice President Richard Goddard and CITMA Council member Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy were representing the UK trade mark profession on the trip. They were joined by representatives from The Chartered Institute of Patent ...


London to host EUIPO British Day

Date: 12/09/2017

CITMA is delighted to invite the trade mark profession to join senior representatives of the EUIPO and IPO at two events on 27th September in London.

EUIPO British Day offers you the opportunity to hear from senior EUIPO officials on its future challenges, recent progress and 2020 strategic plan. You will also get the latest on the European cooperation project and legal reform.

There will be a networking lunch which will allow for further discussion.

EUIPO British Day (9.30am-1.10pm) - ...


New IP crime report published

Date: 07/09/2017

A new intellectual property crime report highlighting current and emerging threats in counterfeiting and piracy has been published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and IP Crime Group (IPCG).

The ‘IP Crime and Enforcement Report’ contains statistical data and enforcement activities from UK agencies including Police, Trading Standards and Customs along with industry bodies.

The report mentions that 443 people were found guilty of offences under the Trade Marks Act and 47 ...

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Significant rise in UK trade mark and design registrations

Date: 15/08/2017

A significant increase in UK trade mark and design registrations were overseen by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2016, including large increases from international organisations.

According to data from the IPO released today, there was an 8% increase in trade mark registrations and a 50% increase in design registrations during 2016. Trade mark registrations rose from 50,079 in 2015 to 54,222 last year and registered designs from 5,690 to 8,481.

The increase wasn’t just from ...

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Johnson continues as Minister for IP

Date: 28/06/2017

Jo Johnson MP will continue as UK Minister for Intellectual Property, after the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ministerial portfolios were confirmed this week.  

Intellectual property forms part of Mr Johnson’s role as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. A position he was appointed to earlier this year. 

Alongside intellectual property his role includes industrial strategy, universities and higher education ...

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Change to UK trade mark application service

Date: 09/06/2017

The UK Intellectual Property Office is introducing changes in the look and style of its ‘apply to register a trade mark’ service.

The changes mean that any draft applications saved for future progress must be submitted by Wednesday 14th June otherwise it will need to be started again.

The IPO described the changes “as part of our ongoing work to improve our digital services”.

The current form will be switched off at midnight on 14th June and the new form will be ...

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WIPO receives record number of international trade mark applications

Date: 23/03/2017

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) received a record number of international trade mark filings under the Madrid System in 2016 with an increase of 7%, WIPO’s Director of the Law and Legislative Advice Division, Brands and Designs Marcus Höpperger told delegates at our recent Spring Conference.

52,550 applications in total were received, with 15% originating in the US and 14% in Germany. France, with 8% and China 6% were also significant users of the system.

UK ...

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UK registered designs examination practice guide

Date: 20/03/2017

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a guide to UK registered design examination practice.

It provides information as to how design applications are examined in respect of national applications filed at the IPO. It’s main aim is to ensure consistency of approach in respect of decisions made by the Registrar of Designs, and to provide guidance on practice and procedures for third parties looking to use the IPO’s registration service.

Click here to view the guide


IPO appoints Companies House boss as Chief Executive

Date: 06/03/2017

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has appointed Tim Moss as its new Chief Executive. He is expected to take up the post at the beginning of May

Tim has been the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales and Chief Executive of Companies House since March 2012.

He joined Companies House in 2002 and has held many senior positions within the organisation. His extensive work portfolio includes leading on the digital agenda, operational delivery, business strategy and corporate ...

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Trade mark and design hearing diaries now available

Date: 20/02/2017

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a new page on its website with details of upcoming design and trade mark hearings, appeals to the Appointed Person and procedural hearings. 

Click here to view the page

Michael Lindsey, Geldards LLP, Design and Copyright Working Group Chair

New domain name fraud

Date: 08/02/2017

A new domain name fraud has been attempting to panic intellectual property rights holders into buying domain names.

Businesses have been called by an organisation claiming to be the “Trade Marks Intellectual Property Office” and have received follow up invoices such as this.

If you receive similar calls or invoices please report them to Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is the online reporting portal for all instances of alleged fraud affecting UK citizens and businesses and it is ...

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New Minister for Intellectual Property announced

Date: 11/01/2017

Jo Johnson MP has been announced as the new Minister for Intellectual Property.

Following the announcement President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Kate O’Rourke said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Jo Johnson MP, and we would like to congratulate him on the new appointment. Collaboration when planning for challenges that lie ahead, including the UK’s exit from the European Union, will be vital.

“CITMA is committed to working with ...


New IPO tribunal practice notice issued

Date: 13/12/2016

The Intellectual Property Office has issued a new note for submitting a statement of case with the following forms:

  • TM7 ‘Notice of opposition and statement of grounds’
  • TM7F ‘Notice of fast track opposition and statement of grounds’
  • TM26(I) ‘Application to declare invalid a registration or a protected international trade mark (UK)’

The IPO reports that “there has been a growing increase in the number of cases where parties, when completing the ...

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UK set to ratify Unified Patent Court

Date: 29/11/2016

The UK Government has confirmed it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.

The announcement is the next step towards realising the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. The new system would enable businesses to protect and enforce their patent rights across Europe with a single patent and through a single patent court.

UK Minister of State for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville Rolfe said: "The new system will provide an option for businesses ...

IPO rolls out international trade mark applications by email

Date: 28/09/2016

From this week applicants can file international trade mark applications with the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) by email.

Following a trial with some attorneys the system was made available to all users on 26th September 2016. However this is only an interim measure until a full e-filing system for international trade mark applications is implemented.

Using the UKIPO’s MM2 form, international trade mark applications can be emailed to the UKIPO via: ...

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IPO publishes guidance on registered designs post-Trunki

Date: 01/06/2016

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has today (1 June) published guidance on filing UK registered designs following the Supreme Court decision on the Trunki suitcase.

There were a number of issues discussed by the Supreme Court during the Trunki judgement, not all of which were answered. Many of these were left for the registries, such as the IPO, to determine as they related to filing practice rather than how the law should be interpreted.

The note gives advice for designers, ...

Convergence on graphic representation of designs

Date: 05/05/2016

The IPO has recently published on its website the ‘Common communication on graphic representation of designs’ issued by the European Trade Mark and Design Network.

The ‘common communication’ relates to the convergence work carried out by the EUIPO and the national offices in the EU on graphic representations for designs. The communication provides very helpful guidance on topics such as dealing with disclaimers, different types of views and neutral backgrounds and ...

Design rights infringement survey

Date: 05/05/2016

The School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire has been engaged by the IPO to carry out a survey to assess the impact of design right infringement on UK businesses. It is hoped that the results will help inform the development of policy regarding design rights in the UK.

If you have a client or clients who would like to participate in the survey it can be found here. The deadline for responses is 20 May 2016.

Michael Lindsey, Geldards LLP, Design and Copyright Working ...

UK IPO change of practice relating to international registrations

Date: 22/04/2016

The UK IPO has changed its practice with regard to Irregularity Notices issued by WIPO. As of 15 April 2016, the UK IPO will send Applicants of International Registrations, confirmation when responses to Irregularity Notices have been forwarded to WIPO by the UK IPO.

The UK IPO has also created a UK version of the MM2 form which is available on the UK IPO website.

ITMA WIPO Liaison Working Group

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UK proposes slashing national registered design fees

Date: 08/01/2016

The UK Government has launched a consultation on significantly reduced filing and renewal fees for national UK registered designs.

Under the proposals, additional designs after the first on an application could be as low as £2 per design. This could result in huge savings for designers, and encourage them to consider filing multiple designs for different parts of the same product, thereby increasing the chances of catching a competitor which has launched a product that only ...

Intellectual Property Office alerts users to new renewal scam

Date: 03/12/2015

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is warning its customers of a new scam from a Latvian company intending to use the IPO’s name on renewal “reminder” letters asking for money for renewing UK patents and trade marks.

A warning from the IPO will be sent to all patent and trade mark owners who are due to renew their intellectual property in the coming months.

On its website the IPO said that “misrepresentation to our customers will not be tolerated. The IPO ...

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IP profession launches diversity initiative

Date: 01/12/2015

A group of five leading intellectual property organisations has launched an initiative committed to making the IP professions more inclusive.

IP Inclusive was launched at a special event in central London on 30 November with more than 12 firms and organisations initially signing up to its charter, a public commitment to the IP Inclusive principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. Firms who sign up to the charter have access to support materials and will be able to use the ...

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Proposal to bring forward repeal of s.52 CDPA 1988 to April 2016

Date: 11/11/2015

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 currently provides, in section 52, that artistic works which are exploited by an industrial process (that is, more than 50 articles being produced) have their copyright protection limited to a duration of 25 years (i.e. in line with the maximum available for registered designs). This period of protection is significantly less than the duration of copyright protection afforded to other artistic works, which is the period of the author's life, plus ...

ITMA welcomes IP fraud judgement

Date: 10/11/2015

ITMA has today (10 November 2015) welcomed the maximum fine handed down by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) to a prolific scammer. 

The UK Intellectual Property Office has reported that a company trading as ‘Intellectual Property Agency Ltd (IPA)’ and its director Mr Harri Mattias Jonasson were found to have deliberately set out to deceive intellectual property owners by issuing scam renewal notices. 

IPEC found the perpetrators liable ...


Online design filing at the UK IPO

Date: 20/10/2015

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched an online digital service for registering designs.

The much anticipated service was launched on 30 Sepetmber, with a beta version allowing multi-design filing launching two weeks later. 

This is the first time it has been possible to register a design digitally in the UK through the IPO and offers an alternative to the current paper process.

Visit the IPO's website for more information

ITMA Design and Copyright ...

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UK IPO launches new international form

Date: 30/09/2015

The UK Intellectual Property Office has launched its own version of the ‘MM2’ form, to assist when filing a trade mark registration abroad.

The form, which went live on 28 September 2015, can be used to file an international trade mark application to the territories governed by the Madrid Protocol.

The Madrid Protocol is an international system for registering a trade mark world-wide with one single application. An applicant will submit one application, in one language, to ...

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IPO publish Tribunal Practice Notice (2/2015) - Introduction of a costs cap for Fast Track Oppositions

Date: 26/08/2015

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a Tribunal Practice Notice (TPN) which introduces a cost cap for fast track opposition proceedings. This practice change will apply to fast track oppositions filed on and after 1 October 2015. Further information about TPN 2/2015 can be found here.

Lord Chancellor announces new Appointed Persons

Date: 11/08/2015


Four people have been announced by The Lord Chancellor as Appointed Persons to hear trade mark and design appeals.

Philip Johnson and James Mellor QC will cover both trade marks and designs, while Martin Howe QC will cover only designs and Tom Mitcheson QC only trade marks.

An Appointed Person hears ex-parte (one side) and inter-partes (more than one side) appeals from decisions by trade mark hearing officers and by the Intellectual Property Office on registered and unregistered ...

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Supermarkets among most prolific trade mark filers

Date: 07/07/2015

UK supermarkets made up three of the top 15 most prolific organisations registering trade marks with the UK Intellectual Property Office in 2014 according to official new figures.

Aldi, Asda and Tesco were among organisations protecting their brands by registering the most trade marks, according to the figures published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Aldi (5th) was the most prolific supermarket, registering at total of 66 marks including the Sainte Etienne brand of beer and Wood ...


Small businesses lead increased trade mark registrations

Date: 07/07/2015

An increased awareness of the importance of intellectual property for small and medium sized businesses accounts for a large rise in the number of trade marks being filed in the UK, says a leading trade mark attorney.

The comment comes from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ President Chris McLeod following the UK Intellectual Property Office publishing its annual figures on the number of trade marks being filed.

The figures revealed an increase of 37% in the number of trade marks ...


Baroness Neville-Rolfe retains role as Minister for Intellectual Property

Date: 15/05/2015

Following the recent general election the IP world awaited news on who would be given the position of Minister for Intellectual Property. Here at ITMA we were keen that Baroness Neville-Rolfe would retain the position and we were delighted to note the announcement on 14 May that the Baroness would indeed remain as our Minister. Further information about Baroness Neville-Rolfe and her role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ...


Minister for IP addresses delegation at ITMA Spring Conference

Date: 23/03/2015

At the Gala Dinner of the ITMA Spring Conference, Baroness Neville-Rolfe the Minister for Intellectual Property gave a speech to the delegation in which she set out the importance of working together to help businesses recognise and capitalise on the economic benefits of their IP and brand. She highlighted the vital role that IP specialists play stating that:

Businesses would struggle to protect the investment in their IP without the expert guidance provided by IP specialists.



IPO publish Tribunal Practice Notice (TPN 1/2015) on Evidence filing

Date: 03/03/2015

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a Tribunal Practice Notice (TPN 1/2015) which sets out a new practice in relation to the filing of evidience, placing some restrictions on the volume of evidence that can be submitted in trade mark proceedings before the IPO, without seeking permission from the registrar’s hearing officer. The TPN can be viewed here.

UK government to improve protection for businesses against groundless IP threats

Date: 26/02/2015

The UK government will improve protection to make sure businesses are not exposed to unnecessary and baseless accusations. See the full press release here.

Government Response to consultation - appealing to the Appointed Person on designs issues

Date: 10/02/2015

The Government has issued a formal response to the consultation on the proposed Rules and associated forms for appealing to the Appointed Person on designs issues.

The associated legislation has been finalised and will shortly be laid in Parliament, and subject to no objections being raised, is due to come into effect on 6 April 2015.

The full Government Response can be found here.

Warning: Fraudulent European Patent Office and OHIM invoices

Date: 10/12/2014

The IPO are aware fraudulent European Patent Office and Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market invoices are being sent to UK based companies and individuals.

If you, or your client has received an invoice identical to the example the Intellectual Property Office have provided on their website here please report it to Action Fraud, separately, using the IPO's online reporting tool - full details of this scam and means of reporting are available on the IPO's website ...

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